NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. – Pitcher Shinobu Fukuhara helped his own cause with a two-out RBI single to drive in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and Makoto Imaoka knocked in another in the seventh as Hanshin held off Yomiuri 4-3 to end the Giants’ winning streak at four games.
Saturday’s game against the Giants at Koshien Stadium. Kanemoto played a Japan
record-tying 700th consecutive full game appearance.
Fukuhara (9-7) went seven sharp innings allowing one run to earn his first win in nearly a month and his sixth victory over Yomiuri. Hiroki Kokubo and Roberto Petagine hit solo shots in the eighth for Yomiuri but it was too little, too late.
Tomoaki Kanemoto matched a pro baseball record by appearing in his 700th consecutive full game to equal the mark set by former Hanshin player Hideshi Miyake.
Swallows 4, Dragons 2
At Nagoya Dome, Akinori Iwamura broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the seventh inning, lifting Yakult to its seventh straight win with a victory over first-place Chunichi.
Shinichi Sato drove home a pair of runs with a two-out bases-loaded single in the sixth, giving the Swallows a brief lead before Chunichi tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the frame.
Lefty Hirotoshi Ishii (1-1) got the win after tossing two scoreless innings in relief while Ryota Igarashi earned his 20th save.
BayStars at Carp — ppd.
Fighters 5, Hawks 2
At Fukuoka Dome, Fernando Seguignol and Shinji Takahashi both hit two-run homers and Itsuki Shoda set the pace through six-plus effective innings, leading Hokkaido Nippon Ham to a win over front-running Fukuoka Daiei.
Seguignol went deep in the first inning to tie for the league lead in homers with his 33rd blast and Takahashi delivered a shot in the fifth.
Marines 9, Lions 8 (11)
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Tomoya Satozaki singled home Lee Seung Yeop from third with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th as Chiba Lotte downed Seibu.
Buffs at BlueWave — ppd.
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